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Quadree Henderson could return to returning kicks for Giants

After clearing waivers, rookie is re-signed to practice squad

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After Quadree Henderson showed promise in two games as the kickoff and punt returner for the New York Giants, the team waived him this week to make room on the roster for defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh, the fifth-round pick who had been on the non-football illness list.

The Giants Thursday brought Henderson back, signing him to the practice squad and cutting running back Jhurell Pressley. Coach Pat Shurmur indicated that Henderson could still be the team’s return man on Monday against the San Francisco 49ers, something that would require another roster move.

“We had to make a roster move to get R.J. (McIntosh) up. He’s cleared (waivers),” Shurmur said. “We certainly can make a roster move all the way up until game day, so there’s always a chance we can bring him up, but we had to make a roster move that required us releasing someone and so we did that.”

If Henderson is not activated, rookie Jawill Davis would seem the logical candidate to be the primary returner. Davis has averaged 24.4 yards on seven returns.

Henderson is also a wide receiver, and the Giants currently have six of those — Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman, Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler — on the roster.